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Art for Kids: Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You'll Ever Need to Be the Artist You've Always Wanted to Be Paperback – April 1, 2014
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Grade 4-7–This first-class introduction to essential drawing techniques builds from the starting points of lines and simple shapes. Typically, books for this audience present step-by-step directions for rendering specific objects, animals, or people; with Temple's work, children can use the skills taught here to go beyond the examples and draw their own unique illustrations. The author limits the scope of the book to drawing with pencils. Eight concise chapters explore seeing with artist's eyes, line drawing, light and shadow, proportion and scale, perspective, drawing faces, drawing bodies, and using imagination. The succinct text reads smoothly and is written in a clear, understandable style. Sample sketches and crisp, color photographs extend the text and often serve as the basis for many purposeful exercises. These illustrations are precisely placed with the appropriate corresponding text and are enhanced by supplementary details that have been highlighted with sweeps of color. Librarians looking for materials that focus more on the process of drawing than on the product will find this refreshing selection to be a useful resource for budding artists.–Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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Gr. 5-8. This entry in the Art for Kids series offers an excellent introduction to the tools and techniques of drawing. Professional artist Temple's clear, encouraging text starts with the reminders that drawing begins with careful observation and that children, as well as adults, can be serious artists. The first chapter covers basic drawing materials, advice for observing details and shapes, and information on the differences of seeing with the right and left sides of the brain--a rare topic in an art guide for young people. Subsequent chapters discuss line, light, shadow, proportion, perspective, and human bodies and faces. Temple's accomplished drawings appear on nearly every cleanly designed page, and each section includes numerous exercises for practicing the accessible, well-presented techniques. She concludes with a chapter that encourages young artists to apply their new skills to wildly imagined scenes of their own. Comprehensive and written in clear language that never condescends to its young audience, this thoughtful guide contains plenty of information that will also be useful to older students (and adults) able to overlook the cover image of a middle-grade boy. Gillian Engberg
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The Good: Book is good about building on each chapter with exercises and a strong emphasis on drawing what you see, and then helping you draw what you see.
The not so good. First, my six y/o is completely lost in this book. But it is possible she doesn't want to learn to draw with this book. I think this book is really more of a teen and older age group. I also want to see a better explanation of different pencils, and other supplies out there. But hey, that's why you've got the internet.
It's different from the Draw-50 series, which is also very nice. Draw-50 allows people to basically copy any artist's drawing step-by-step, and that is useful, easy, and satisfying. This book is not about copying drawings at all, it's more like true art instruction in terms of working with shapes, shading, composition, texture.
If your child is just interested in drawing a dog or whatever in a few minutes, get a Draw-50 book. But if your child is interested in exploring pencil drawing in a deeper way, this is a really great book.
There's nothing about this book that makes it strictly for children. If you're an adult who is interested in giving your pencil a whirl, the book is really for a general audience.
She loved the book immediately. Because she had some formal class instruction this year she was able to recognize some of the exercises that she was required to do in class, so that background exposure helped her "get" this book right away. This is a great fundementals darwing book for kids, but it is an exersice with a you can do it attitude book which is what I wanted for my daughter at this time. Something she could read for herself, interpret for herself and try her own way and see what she gets without someone else trying to shape her ideas for her.
The book's attractively layed out for my 10 year old, but I think she will work with this slowly here and there at her own pace, and probably come back to it even more when she's older too. there are some drawing projects but they are not as extensive as the fundimental practices area.
For this reason I also bought her Lee Hammond's series on drawing life like animals for more go right to it and start drawing projects. She is spending more time with that now and I expect as she gets more and more into drawing she'll come back and forth to the therory and the practical fun stuff.
For a child who just wants to draw cool looking picts fast, you might be better off with the lee Ames draw 50 series. My 8 year old son loves these draw or trace books as what he produces looks great with no theory just draw.
Content: Everyone Can Draw (motivational/encouraging); The Drawing Toolbox (basic supplies); Chpt 1 Open your Artist's Eyes; Chpt 2 Line Drawing; Chpt 3 Light and Shadow; Chpt 4 Proportion and Scale; Chpt 5 Perspective (great chapter on the lines and views; Chpt 6 Drawing Faces (focus on individual elements them combining); Chpt 7 Drawing Bodies (seeing the joints and proportion); Chpt 8 Anything Can Happen (imagination and creativity vs reality)...112 pages of instructions, examples and tips.
It loses half star only because I feel it is a little too wordy for kids...not really child reading. My daughter flipped through the book and didn't want to read just wanted to try. She wants new to read it and relay the information and she is an avid reader who loves to draw. She started on the eye as she got the book today. But I rounded up because the content is great and she may read it if she is having problems following the diagram.
Will update over time...she's jostling me for it as I was noting the chapters. Watching details and not reading. We'll see.